EXODUS is back once again with the third part of their ‘classic’ era releases and although “Impact Is Imminent” is a solid release with some great songs on it, it has trouble living up to the standard that was their previous two releases. The band still Thrashes it nicely on the release and fans of EXODUS are definitely going to be happy.
Much of my issues with “Impact Is Imminent” come from the song writing. Overall this album feels a tad more tongue-in-cheek then there last few. The fun factor has always been a big part of the appeal to EXODUS to me (its hard not to have fun when they are) but I was hoping for a few darker songs to balance out the goofier sounding tracks. And although there are quite a few classics on this album it just feels as though the album is a collection of separate songs instead of an ‘album’. Not necessarily a bad thing but something that does hinder from the overall experience.
As for performances on “Impact Is Imminent”, EXODUS hardly disappoints. The Gary Holt and Rick Hunolt combination is as lethal as ever with their riff trading and awesome soloing. But the addition of John Tempesta behind the kit on this album is a little shaky. One of my favorite elements of EXODUS has been the stellar drum performances of Tom Hunting and even if Tempesta is an expert gun for hire, his performance just doesn’t quite feel like EXODUS. Then there is Steve Souza and his strange vocal performances. Nothing all that new there.
It’s a good album with some great songs on it for all Thrash fans, but it’s the lack of cohesiveness as a whole that seems to weaken the songwriting and album listening experience. EXODUS Thrashes and they Thrash well but this album is still sub par to their last few amazing album releases. “Impact Is Imminent” is a classic and will always be but if you are looking to get into the EXODUS catalog I suggest starting a few albums earlier.
Songs to check out: “Within The Walls Of Chaos”, “Heads They Win (Tails You Lose)”, “Impact Is Imminent”.
(Online October 12, 2008)